Tony McCoy moved to within four victories of 4,000 winners over jumps when Oscar Fortune and Red Lion Rock struck at Carlisle on Sunday.
The 18-times champion jockey had been out of luck with his first two mounts at the Cumbria circuit, but made no mistake aboard Oscar Fortune in the Mr & Mrs Handley Ruby Wedding Novices’ Hurdle.
Trained by Jonjo O’Neill, the recent Huntingdon scorer (5-4 favourite) jumped into the lead after the second-last and swiftly exerted full authority over runner-up Deputy Dan, who was a length and three-quarters down at the line.
Oscar Fortune’s part-owner, Richard Seed, said: “Eventually he’s going to be a three-mile chaser, we hope.
“Tony said when he asked him, he quickened well.
“It will be up to Jonjo where he goes next, but my personal opinion is he’s worth a chance (in better company).”
McCoy had to wait until the concluding bumper to secure a double when Red Lion Rock (11-8 favourite) eased a length and three-quarters clear of Chebsey Beau for Northern Ireland trainer James Lambe.
He said: “I had some good rides today, a couple were maybe a bit disappointing.
“I’m at Kempton for three rides and a couple have chances, hopefully.”
Cloudy Too made an impressive seasonal return in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, in which McCoy finished second aboard Tap Night.
A three-times winner over fences last season, including a victory at this meeting 12 months ago, Sue Smith’s charge was a 4-1 shot in a small but select field of five runners.
McCOY’S MONDAY RIDES
After riding doubles on Saturday and Sunday, McCoy heads to Kempton Park for three booked rides.
News Letter sport look at the winning chances on Monday.
13.05: Chalk It Down
Hasn’t quite gone on as might have been hoped for after winning on debut but not disgraced on his hurdling bow and could well build on that run.
This does look a fair race, however, and he may need further in time.
Forecast price: 10/1
13.35: Captain Cutter
Very highly regarded bumper winner from a top yard. Should know his job and looks to have been found an excellent opportunity to open his hurdling account at the first time of asking.
Forecast price: 5/6
15.45: Foundation Man
Only showed a modicum of promise in bumpers (beaten favourite both starts) and over hurdles but came within a whisker of a maiden success on his first run over fences.
Up in the weights and up in trip but open to improvement and looks sure to go well.
This is also the News Letter Wise Owl selection for today.
Forecast price: 7/4